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Man UtdManchester United3HullHull City0

Manchester United 3-0 Hull City

By Chris BevanBBC Sport at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie has scored four league goals this season
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  • Di Maria limps off after 13 minutes

Robin van Persie's powerful strike capped an impressive win for Manchester United over Hull and offered the perfect response to those who have questioned the Dutchman's early-season form.

Those critics included Van Persie's manager Louis van Gaal, who kept the striker in his starting line-up despite saying he had a "very bad game" against Arsenal last Saturday.

Robin van Persie goal was beautiful - Van Gaal

By the time Van Persie turned on the edge of the area to arrow an unstoppable shot into the top corner in the 66th minute, United were well on their way to a routine victory.

Chris Smalling had scrambled them into an early lead, and any real doubt about the outcome disappeared when Wayne Rooney added a second before half-time.

As well as Van Persie's return to scoring form more than a month after his last Premier League goal, United could celebrate the return of fellow striker Radamel Falcao, who came off the bench to replace him after nearly six weeks out through injury.

That added a shine to three points that returned United to fourth place in the table only a few hours after Arsenal had moved above them.

While United are building momentum and confidence despite suffering another injury setback - Angel Di Maria limped off just before Smalling scored - the Tigers appear to be in freefall.

This was their fourth straight defeat, and they are now only out of the bottom three on goal difference and a point off the foot of the table.

Hull have managed only one league win since the opening day of the season, the same afternoon United last lost at Old Trafford.

A familiar foe for Bruce
Former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce has never beaten his former team during his 16-year managerial career. This was his 17th defeat in 21 attempts, with draws accounting for the other four meetings.

Their home form was never convincing under David Moyes, but Van Gaal seems to have reintroduced the swagger and self-belief that was their trademark under Sir Alex Ferguson.

They were helped on Saturday by a Hull team that offered little ambition and limited resistance.

Tigers boss Steve Bruce has a miserable record against the club he played for, and a first win in 21 attempts against the Red Devils as a manager never looked likely.

The Tigers even assisted United with their first goal - goalkeeper Allan McGregor helping the ball over the line as he tried to keep out Smalling's prodded shot. Goal-line technology confirmed it went in.

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With Michael Carrick and Juan Mata dictating play and spraying passes in midfield, Di Maria's early exit, clutching the back of his thigh, did not make a difference.

United were dominating possession - they had 76% of the ball - and with Hull defending deep in their own half, more goals seemed just a matter of time.

Rooney all but secured the three points after 42 minutes when Van Persie teed him up to bend a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Van Persie made sure of the victory midway through the second half, departing to a standing ovation when he was replaced by Falcao.

The Colombian looked set to mark his return with a goal but Michael Dawson's remarkable goalline clearance denied him from close range after Hull's defence was torn apart again.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince on BBC Match of the Day: "Louis van Gaal said it would be a work in progress. He's had a nightmare with injuries, especially defensively. His ambition is to finish in the top four, he's not looking to win the league. They are slightly improving game by game.

"Hull boss Steve Bruce has got plenty of experience. It won't be a case of panicking just yet but he knows they have to start creating and scoring goals. He'll be disappointed with the performance, that's for sure."

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling watches as Allan McGregor fails to keep out his shot
Hull have kept only two clean sheets in the Premier League this season
Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick celebrate against Hull
Chris Smalling has scored three league goals for Manchester United and two have come against Hull
Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria joined Manchester United from Real Madrid for a British record £59.7m in the summer
Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor
Hull have lost their last four matches and have only recorded two league victories so far
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United's England striker Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals for club and country this season
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has scored 67 goals in his last 101 Premier League games at Old Trafford


Man Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A ValenciaSubstituted forFletcherat 74'minutes
  • 12Smalling
  • 5RojoBooked at 89mins
  • 18Young
  • 31FellainiBooked at 47mins
  • 16Carrick
  • 8Mata
  • 7Di MaríaSubstituted forHerreraat 14'minutes
  • 20van PersieSubstituted forFalcaoat 70'minutes
  • 10Rooney


  • 9Falcao
  • 11Januzaj
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 21Herrera
  • 24Fletcher
  • 33McNair
  • 42Blackett


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1McGregor
  • 5ChesterBooked at 54mins
  • 21DawsonBooked at 65mins
  • 6Davies
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 17DiaméSubstituted forQuinnat 75'minutes
  • 14Livermore
  • 11BradySubstituted forMeylerat 75'minutes
  • 26Robertson
  • 34Ben ArfaSubstituted forAlukoat 35'minutes
  • 18Jelavic


  • 2Rosenior
  • 4Bruce
  • 7Meyler
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 24Aluko
  • 29Quinn
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United 3, Hull City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United 3, Hull City 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Allan McGregor tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

  8. Post update

    Michael Dawson (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Falcao (Manchester United) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Falcao (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

  11. Booking

    Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Rojo (Manchester United).

  13. Post update

    Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces Mohamed Diamé.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Robbie Brady because of an injury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Darren Fletcher replaces Antonio Valencia.